FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
155 Sold(65 min) 2012, Greece, Greek in English sub
By George Panteleakis Greece was selected to be the first European economic experiment with a massive austerity program to privatize and destroy social services. This destruction of jobs and public services led to a massive protest in May 2011 and this full contact documentary shows the struggle shot by the film maker and activists in the struggle. Thick clouds of smoke covered the angry protests around Syntagma Square (Constitution Square) on 28-29 June 2011, while a majority of 155 deputies of the Greek Parliament bowed down to the austerity agenda. The working class, retirees and students engaged in mass protests and faced violence against them by the police. Following this film there will be a discussion about the role of the EU and the United States in imposing IMF-WB polices of privatization and deregulation in Europe. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpTOlwGI6lo
All Points North
Producer: BlueArts Film, Mizgin Müjde Arslan, D: Therese Koppe, Athens/ London (2013), (25 min)
The dream of heading North is the driving motivation for Laurent and Ibrahim, two young men leaving their country of Senegal in search of a better life. As undocumented migrants, they find themselves trapped in Greece, bound to the Greek borders by the lack of immigration papers. Before leaving their homeland their impressions of Europe were very different from the harsh realities they faced once arriving. For migrants such as Laurent and Ibrahim, there is no stability in a better, safer land; their journeys to find such are continually ongoing.
Karl Fischbacker and Dr. Irmi Voglmayr of Labournet Austria will discuss the struggles in Greece and the role of working people. http://www.facebook.com/allpointsnorthdocumentary
See also: http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014Films.htm#f24 http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014schedule.htm